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Home Court Means The Celtics Will Win

19 Mai 2017

Boston advances and will host Cleveland in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday.

"Man, I don't believe in pressure", he said.

The series of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs will end tonight as the Celtics and the Wizards' bitter rivalry will culminate in the playoffs' second Game 7 of the year. The Wizards closed the first half on a 10-5 run to take a 55-53 lead to the locker room.

Of course, the Celtics could not buy a 3-pointer in that game, and finished 7 for 33. Instead, Thomas did most of his damage in the third which is when the Celtics began to take control of the game.

Cleveland and Boston last met in the playoffs in 2015, when the Cavs swept the Celtics out of the first round. John Wall had 18 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds, but shot 8/23. In the playoffs, the two teams have combined to average almost 230 points per 100 possessions. The Cavaliers, who won the season series, 3-1, will be playing on ten days rest since sweeping the Raptors in their Eastern semifinal series on May 7. Any lineup with at least one bench player on the court combined to be -19 in 16 minutes.

"This was tougher because it was Game 7", Wall said. The live channel streaming service is now available on a one-week free trial for all new customers and includes TNT among its channels on the middle tier channel package. The Wizards' defensive effort has waxed and waned throughout the series, but they will certainly be giving it their all tonight.

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The Cs edged Cleveland for first place in the East during the regular season, and have homecourt in this series.

As a result, a great night from Bradley Beal was all for naught. "We don't care about what others say". "They're closers", teammate Ian Mahinmi told the Washington Post. Rust was a problem for the Warriors against the Spurs on Sunday, but the Cavs just have too much talent not to be able to withstand an early Boston lead. "If it was easy it would be". His buckets made Celtics fans giddy, as they celebrated a level of athleticism they rarely see out of their long-locked 7-footer. Boston also connected on 11 3-pointers, including 8 of 13 in the second half.

From the moment his last-second heave clanged off the glass at the end of Friday's Game 6, Thomas has been salivating at the opportunity that Game 7 affords. Well, Beal and Wall will have to conjure up more of what they were cooking in Game 6. Every closing line through six games has fallen between 4 and 5 points.

INJURY UPDATE: Wizards reserve Bojan Bogdanovic sat out Saturday's practice with the flu.

They are the two best words in sports: Game 7. Thomas, who shot 51.8 percent in Games 1 and 2, has scored less than 20 points in three of his past four games. The only aging piece of the team's core is Horford, Thomas should continue his rise into the game's elite players, Jaylen Brown is a great talent and the team should get another great draft pick courtesy of the league's worst Brooklyn Nets. The series, though, got chippy after Kelly Olynyk popped out Kevin Love's shoulder while battling for a rebound in Game 1.

Game 7s are always unpredictable, and even though that'll likely be the case once again in tonight's do-or-die matchup, there are still are a couple stats to be wary of as both teams try to avoid seeing their season come to an end.

Home Court Means The Celtics Will Win